LAbOR SKA WeekEND!!

Wow.. apologies.. It has been a while, but I need you all in the know, because tomorrow starts the biggest Ska Labor Day Weekend since I can remember!

FRIDAY!!

For my Seattle People, EASY BIG FELLA and THE SEATTLEITES will be rocking the ROYAL ROOM!!

For My Packwood/Central Washington folks, Punx in the Woods will feature RUNDOWN KREEPS and FAKE NEWS!!

SATURDAY!!

For my Seattle People, RUNDOWN KREEPS and FAKE NEWS will be at The Kraken

For My Portland People, THE BANDULUS and BUDDY JAY’S JAMAICAN JAZZ BAND will be at THE SECRET SOCIETY

Also For My Portland People, LATTER DAY SKANKS, DAY LABOR, UNUSUAL SUBJECTS, and BLACK KARMA SOCIAL CLUB at The TWILIGHT CAFE!

For My Oak Harbor/Whidbey Island Peeps, SIMPLE MINDED SYMPHONY will be killin’ it at the OAK HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

For My Lopez Island Peeps, SKABLINS will be at The Galley Restaurant and Lounge!!

SUNDAY!!

For My Seattle People, ALL SKA & NO WORK is FINALLY HERE and will feature THE KINGS, RUNDOWN KREEPS, SIMPLE MINDED SYMPHONY, DAY LABOR and LANDRACE at THE HIGHLINE!!

For My Lopez Island People, SKAKLINS will be rocking the Rock-EN-ROll Music Festival!

So, get yourself out there my PNW family and dance all night!!

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What’s Goin’ Down with Curtis Meacham (Monkey)

As we get more and more excited for next week’s showcase, we thought we toss out some questions to Curtis Meacham, the guy who’s been heading up Monkey for over two decades now, with 5 studio albums to their credit, lots of excellent live shows in their past and plenty, plenty more to come!

What’s your favorite show that you’ve played in the last year?

That’s hard to say, as we had a really great year of touring with the Skatalites, and doing shows with The Slackers, The Toasters, The English Beat and The Phenomenauts… However, our 21st anniversary show was packed and super fun. We saw people that we have not seen for years. People were flying into SJ to party with us. What a great night!

If you could have any musician play/sing on one of your songs, who would it be?

Living or dead? If we could pick a living legend, it would probably be Roddy Radiation or Toots Hibbert. If it were someone who has passed, I may go way back to Louis Armstrong. He will always be THE BEST!

What’s the current handful of albums you have in heavy rotation?

All time Classic: Johnny Socko – Full Trucker Effect Besides that, we have lots of favs. I just picked up a super rare Oingo Boingo record called “Marching in Time,” that is blowing my mind! Also, anything by The Peacocks, or Cake is in constant rotation.

Your favorite pre-show drink?

Special Brew… Hahaha, that goes out to the Brits! The Monkey guys are really into micro breweries and small batch beers. Anything with flavor and heart.

What’s next for Monkey?

Survive this tour, and write a new record!

Coming up, Curtis will be rocking with Monkey at the High Dive next Friday (July 14th) with Easy Big Fella, The Georgetown Orbits, Fairhaven and Franks’N’Deans with DJ Brynn Danger handling the selecting! Click here for more info!

Steppin’ Out: Stoney Tony Skanks to Landrace

Hailing from the college town of Pullman, Washington is Landrace, a 6-piece latin infused ska band who is looking to change the world of ska.

When I first saw them about a year ago, I was immediately impressed. They were a little rough as they were new on the scene, but the ambition they had and the energy they provided to the crowd was remarkable. I knew over time they would tighten up as a whole and become a force to reckon with in the Northwest scene.

One thing that helped Landrace tighten up quickly is the fact that most of their members are music majors. They have one of the most powerful and tight horn sections I have ever heard. Eric, Noah and Gabby all display the thorough training they have on both their own instruments and playing in a group. Back on the drums is David Ward and at the ripe age of 19, is definitely one of the better drummers I have ever seen and helps carry the band’s energy with his “college student” antics.

The other thing that helped them tighten up so quick is how hard they work. Landrace averages two shows a month and are doing music projects on the side weekly. This is the reason why they have been able to do so much in a very short year mixed in with school, work, and personal lives; and why you’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future.
In just about a year, Landrace has already accomplished a lot as a band. They have won two battle of the bands, are competing in Ska-mic con voting (AND WON THE FIRST ROUND), as well as play shows across the entire state of Washington and hold down the local scene in Moscow, Idaho.

When seeing Landrace, you can expect to see a balanced set list of great tunes. They do both covers and originals in both English and Spanish. They cover four songs we all know and love consistently, including: What a Wicked Gang We Are, Take on Me, Special Brew and Impression That I Get. Two of their originals really stick out to me, Chemical Smile and Tan Shirt Guy, the latter about a local legend who gets down the hardest at every show.

Landrace is particularly good to me, because of their display that music is in fact the universal language. I can’t understand half of their music due to it being in Spanish, yet I want to go see them week in and week out because of the energy those songs carry, and the message that energy imposes on the crowd.
Be sure to catch Landrace in Seattle on September 3 @ The Highline for the All Ska & No Work Show, and give them a follow on social media.

Landrace on Facebook
Landrace on Twitter

-Stoney Toney is the former host of Skagape, an awesome show that was featured on 90.7 KZUU in Pullman, Washington and on Ska Bob Radio via the interwebs. A Ska Aficionado and Coug for Life, Stoney Toney appears courtesy of himself and will be back for more!

What’s Goin’ Down with Orion Anderson (The Georgetown Orbits)

Leading up to the excellent time we shall all have next Friday, July 14th, I caught up with Orion Anderson, Guitarist and leader of The Georgetown Orbits, to get some quick insight into the man the myth the legend and see what was going down. Check it Out!

What handful of albums do you currently have in heavy rotation?

Beware by Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos
Joy In My Soul: The Complete SAR Recordings by The Soul Stirrers
The Sensational Extra Classics by Gregory Isaacs
At Studio Mochilero by 2000 Tons of TNT

What show has been you’re favorite that you’ve played in the last year?

The show we played at the High Dive with Easy Big Fella and Skablins earlier this year was pretty memorable. The place was packed and everyone had a great set.

If you could have any musician play/sing on one of your songs, who would it be?

That’s a tough one. So many great musicians. I’d love to do any of our songs with one of the Jamaican greats like Bunny Wailer, Ken Boothe, or Marcia Griffiths. I also think it would be killer to do a classic tune like “No, No, No”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, or “Give and Take” with a pop singer like Katy Perry, Rihanna, or Bruno Mars. That would have the potential to bring this style of music to a bunch of new ears.

What’s your favorite pre-show drink?

Ice water. Just kidding. Beer!

What’s next for The Georgetown Orbits?

GTO is in the studio currently working on a new full-length album. The plan is to first release a single on 7″ vinyl. Then, release the LP later this year. Stay tuned!

Don’t forget, Orion and the rest of The GTOs will be playing at the High Dive next Friday (July 14th) with Easy Big Fella, Monkey, Fairhaven and Franks’N’Deans with DJ Brynn Danger handling the selecting! Click here for more info!

And get yourself some tickets here, before they sell out!